On a heels of her pretension purpose in The Wiz Live, Queen Latifah has sealed on for a starring purpose in another music-themed project, Fox’s untitled commander from Empire co-creator Lee Daniels (aka Star). The pilot, that launched a nationwide open casting call for a immature leads, also has sealed in actresses/singers to play a 3 girls whose stories will be during a core of a play array — up-and-comers Jude Demorest (Dallas), Ryan Destiny (Low Winter Sun) and Brittany O’Grady (The Messengers).
Created, co-written and destined by Daniels, a commander follows 3 immature women (Demorest, Destiny, O’Grady), who form a lady organisation with hopes of creation it large in a song industry, and a choices with that they’re faced along a way. Queen Latifah anchors a expel as Carlotta, a owners of an Atlanta beauty salon, with an extraordinary voice, who will turn a broker mom to a 3 girls – even yet she doesn’t approve of their low-pitched dreams.
Demorest, from Detroit, MI, has landed a purpose of Star, a tough 18-year-old who spent her childhood in and out of encourage homes after a genocide of her mother, and who will do anything to turn a star she was named to be. Destiny, also from Detroit, MI, has been expel as Alexandra, a rich 20-year-old who grew adult on New York’s Upper East Side, though who, for years, has attempted to put her absolved universe behind her, so she can make real, authentic music. O’Grady, from Washington, DC, will play Simone, Star’s younger sister who dreams of a day Star will lapse to rescue her from a violent encourage home in that she was placed 5 years before. Together, a 3 will follow their dreams of creation it large in a glamorous though cut-throat Atlanta song scene.
Tom Donaghy serves as co-writer and executive writer on a commander with Daniels. The project, from 20th Century Fox TV, starts prolongation this month in Atlanta, GA.
The untitled pilot is a initial plan to come from Daniels’ multi-year altogether understanding with 20th TV. Pamela Oas Williams and Effie Brown also executive produce.
O’Grady is repped by a Osbrink Agency and Suskin Management.